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We saw the rocket descend.
  move or slope downward


come from a higher or prior level in a hierarchy — as a person from an ancestor


come or arrive — especially from above — such as night or darkness
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descending descends descended descend
Strongly Associated with:   ascend
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  • We saw the rocket descend.
  • The path descends to the bottom of the mountain.
  • despair descended upon us
  • descend into poverty

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  • Ah, to descend, to descend into that pit of darkness
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • She was descended from an old Italian noble family
  • for he will take nothing with him when he dies, his splendor will not descend with him.
    Psalm 49:17 (NIV)
  • The storm of rain and wind descended upon them towards eight o’clock.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • they were descending the steps leading to the cavern.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Down goes Veruca! Down the drain!
    And here, perhaps, we should explain
    That she will meet, as she descends,
    A rather different set of friends
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

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  • A metal ladder descends to the sand.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • We passed through a range of low arches, descended, passed on, and ... arrived at a deep crypt,
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • He listened as she descended the stairs.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • I now heard her descending the great stairs.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • It seemed to be a part of the thickening darkness, to be the winter night itself descending on us layer by layer.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • Then quiet descended.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Vittoria looked down at the staircase descending into the void and suddenly wanted to turn back.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • and slowly descended the stairs, as though hesitating at every step.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • They had descended two more floors when another set of quiet joined theirs.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Harry, Ron, and Hermione descended Professor Trelawney’s ladder and the winding stair in silence,
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • White Fang sprang clear, just in time to escape the descending blow.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Caspian found himself descending a dark stairway into the earth,
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • Do you believe we’re descended from apes?
    David Almond  --  Skellig
  • It grew like an avalanche, and it descended without warning upon the man and the fire, and the fire was blotted out!
    Jack London  --  To Build a Fire
  • Collis took his arm and they descended the steps.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • But she did not listen to him and rapidly descended the stairs.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace
  • The following day experts descended like buzzards, recovering Missy’s remains and bagging the sheet along with whatever else they could find.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • ...a great bird like an eagle high in the air, descending slowly in wide circles down towards the earth.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • He descended through the dark with her.
    David Almond  --  Kit’s Wilderness
  • Silence descended on the murmuring crowd
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • To see me now, Thomasin, gives you no idea of what I have been; of what depths I have descended to in these few last days.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • My dead father, who liked a joke, peace to his bones, used to say, talking of our ancestors, that the ancient stock of the Simeonov-Pischins was descended from that identical horse that Caligula made a senator.
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Cherry Orchard
  • Descending thence, I scape thro’ foes and fire:
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • He went to the window, and saw that the moon was descending through a clear sky.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Then he descended the steps of the Temple
    Kahlil Gibran  --  The Prophet
  • They descended the Gianicolo on winding paths, streets, and stairs.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • The road descended through a jungle of...
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • She bent her knees, and her board started to descend.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • And at last the locusts did descend.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • They descend the hill in a series of spine-jolting jumps,
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • I plop yoga mats on the rooftop, and we sit cross-legged to watch the sun descend.
    Sandra Cisneros  --  The House on Mango Street
  • get there I would have to descend the most exposed terrain on the entire route without the benefit of supplemental oxygen.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • They cross to R. steps, increasing speed, descend steps into theatre aisle and run off in an increasing blaze of light.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • Time to turn back and descend the stair,
    T.S. Eliot  --  The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
  • With the preparation under way, a peaceful silence descended upon them.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • I’m too bright for most men, and yet I have to descend to their level and let them patronize my intellect in order to get their attention.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • large and melodious thoughts descend upon me
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Hapy descend for them;
    Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV)  --  The Great Hymn to the Aten
  • Finally, the machine’s pitch descended to a steady hum before slowing to a halt.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • Noah slipped off his boots, then ran up the stairs, descending a minute later.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
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